Why Do Dolphins Jump? Interpreting the Behavioural Repertoire of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops sp.) in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

Only a limited number of studies have tried to determine the purpose of surface behavioural events performed by dolphins. To date only one study has attempted to aggregate the behavioural events observed in a population in contextual groups using co-occurrence as the grouping factor. In the present study, I tried to characterise the behavioural repertoire […]

Behavioural analysis of captive tigers (Panthera tigris): A water pool makes the difference

The activity budgets of seven captive tigers (Panthera tigris) housed in four zoological gardens (A, B, C, D) were analysed to assess their welfare and to relate it to several variables, including enclosure type, management, and animal history. Behaviours were recorded by instantaneous focal animal sampling at 2-min intervals. Data were collected by five observers […]